"Two birds disputed about a kernel, when a third swooped down and carried it off.
~ Proverb from Mali~
1. Be Friendly
2. Challenge yourself ... learn
Procedures for beginning class:
1) Enter class quietly
2) Unpack, organize supplies
3) Copy HW from HW white board (by the door)
4) Start & complete the warm-up written on the front white board
5) Be ready to discuss your thoughtful answers
What to bring to class each day (from Day 1 to Day 180)
• SEPARATE notebooks for each class you have
• Daily Agenda (school supplied)
• 3 ring binder with 5 section dividers
• 20-50 sheets of 3-hole punched lined writing paper
• 2 BLUE OR BLACK Pen for ALL writing
assignments (ERASABLE PEN
• Supply box or supply bag
• 2 PENCILS & erasers
• Handheld pencil sharpener with cover
• Color Pencils (Crayola Twistables recommended)
• Glue Sticks
• Plastic 6" ruler
• Safety scissors
• 'White Out' tape
• Small stapler and staples
• Leisure reading book
• TEXTBOOK (only when scheduled)
Classroom Survival Kit (Optional)
- Gallon size baggie
- Bottled Water
- Lip Balm
- Puzzle Book
- Hand Sanitizer
Important to Know:
1) Saving assignments in your Notebook or Binder: Students are
required to save all home and class learning in their individual 3 ring binders or notebooks for each class. There will be a periodic binder / notebook check.
2) Extra Credit assignments are not accepted the last 3 weeks of each semester.
3) ACADEMIC HONESTY:
Taking words off of a website or out of a book without
giving credit to your source is cheating. Copying or allowing someone
else to copy is cheating. “Sharing answers” is cheating unless you are
working together on a group project.
• are created to help you learn through your innovations and thoughts
• some will be
graded for accuracy and development, while others will measure the
student mastery and learning
• are designed for practice and some will not receive points
• will sometimes be evaluated by you and your fellow students
• can be for building knowledge that will help with future assignments not to mention, tests
• are checked for timely submission and effort.
~ Students and parents can access their grades online after they sign up at the school for a training.
Grades can then be found at: https://jupitergrades.com/login/
~ Report cards / progress reports are sent home every 4-5 weeks during the fall and spring semester.
~ Unlike elementary, the letter grades A, B, C, D, F are used instead of the numbers (4, 3, 2, 1)
ISLC uses the LAUSD grading scale:
(90%-100%= A) (80% - 89%= B) (70% -79% = C) (60% -69% = D) (below 60%=F)
~ Grades Categories:
• 35 % - Essay, Project, Culminating Task
• 35 % - Class Practice (warm ups, thinking on paper, Cornell Notes, KWC, rough drafts, notebooks)
• 25% - Quiz & Test
• 5% -
Home Practice (unless part of a larger project / assignment)
~ Work Habits and Cooperation:
'E' (excellent) 'S' (satisfactory) and 'U' (unsatisfactory)
For Work Habits
0-3 missing or late assignments = "E"
4-5 missing or late assignments = "S"
6+ missing or late assignments = "U"
0-2 detentions (lunch or after school) = "E"
3 detentions (lunch or after school) ="S"
more than 3 detentions (lunch or after school) ="U"
NOTE: Having U's on your report card effects your priveleges for activities such as:
Free Dress Day, Dances, Field Trips, Culmination, Beach Trip, etc.
1) Schedule a meeting after school to discuss your proposal.
Sign a contract that includes your proposal and completion schedule
3) Please note that extra credit assignments are not accepted the last 3 weeks of either semester.
Samples of previous extra credit:
Projects are accomplished both in and out of the classroom. Big project due dates are posted several weeks ahead of time with a schedule and syllabus.
1) Will usually take 10-20 minutes almost always.
Needs to be completed and saved in your class notebook.
3) The daily assigned homework is meant for practice, preparation, & challenge.
Beyond that, I recommend you read at least 30 minutes every day.
• Students with a verified absence (e.g. illness or funeral):
given extra time and full
credit if completed
• Students without a verified absence:
During the fall semester weeks 1-8, students receive 60% credit for late work turned in up to 1 day late
- After that late work is accepted. (this is to prepare you for 7th grade where late work is not
1) If you miss an assignment:
a) call / text / email a friend or"study buddy" to ask what you
b) check the homework board on the side of the room or
c) Email Mr. Forfar
2) Students are responsible to
make up any class/home work they miss. This includes tests!
How Can I Improve My Grade?
Check "the 10 list":
1. Do I start class right away copying down the
homework and starting the warm-up?
2. Is my binder (or notebook) organized so it's easy to find what I need in a few seconds?
3. Do I use my class time wisely? (e.g. If I finish early, do I go back and review or think about
what I’m learning?)
4. Am I using my agenda and
turning in my projects / assignments on time?
5. Do I ask questions when I "don't get it?"
6. Do I read books besides the ones assigned in class?
4. Do I double-check my projects / assignments for mistakes?
8. Do I use a dictionary or thesaurus when I don't understand
9. What are my study habits for tests/quizzes?
(e.g. did I review my notes and text more than one day in advance? Do I use flash cards?)
• A student will be counted as tardy if they are not in their seat with their supplies out and begining class procedures at class start time.
• Students will receive detention after the second tardy which in turn will effect their cooperation grade.
of our main goals here at ISLC is to encourage all students to feel
capable, significant, and academically challenged, while at the same
time helping them to gain a global view of life, for the future, past, and present. Please inform us of any difficulties your child may be
whether academic, social, or personal, and we will do the same if we
notice anything at school. Again, I look forward meeting you on Back to School Night!
p.s.The average weight for a 6th grade backpack is 18.4 lbs! Please read this informative article about backpacks!
Respect ~ Emotional & Physical Safety
Students can help all other members of the school by being prepared, focused, honest and respectful.
Students who disrupt the
learning community may be asked to stay 10
minutes after school. On some occasions a student may be asked to stay
longer than 10 minutes. If this is the case, the teacher will give the
student a form notifying her/his parents the date the student is
required to stay longer than 10 minutes. If a student continues to be
disruptive, she or he will be referred to the school principal and
additional parent contact will be made.